Homemade cleaners may seem like hard work and even dangerous to concoct, but what if we told you that they were easy to make and safer to use and be in the presence of than store bought chemicals?
According to an article on Rodale’s Organic Life, a 2009 analysis of the store bought cleaning product, Comet detected dangerous components found in gasoline such as formaldehyde, benzene, and toluene. Comet as well as most common household cleaning products contain chemicals so harsh that they are linked to cancer, reproductive problems, and even hormonal harm.
The good news is that you can easily make your own green cleaning products that will save you money and any chances that you will be harmed by any of the contaminants we just mentioned above. Here is an outline of 8 green clean products that you can bring to the rescue, in a 2 part series. Don’t worry, we cover just about every major part of your home that could use some natural cleaner.
1.) All Purpose Cleaner
Cleaners we once thought came in handy by having the ability to clean multiple surfaces, now pose a risk for multiple diseases and health concerns including water damage, thyroid damage, and the onset of drug-resistant problems like MRSA. Still want to clean your kitchen and bathroom with these? Instead, make your own. You will need:
- 1 Part White Vinegar
- 9 Parts Water
Then all you need to do is mix the two together as so, and mozy right along to cleaning.
2.) Tile and Grout Cleaner
Just like we spoke on above, these harsh cleaners have been linked to many outstanding health issues as serious and life-threatening as cancer. We don’t know about you, but just hearing that word is enough to make you want to make your own safe tile cleaners. You will need:
- Liquid Soap (any brand is fine)
- 5-10 Drops of Lavender Oil or a Similar Scent. This one is optional.
- 1/2 Cup of Baking Soda
Begin by putting the baking soda into the bowl and then slowly mix in the liquid soap and stir until the mixture begins to look like cake frosting. And now you are ready to scrub! Sponges work best but if you want something more natural, try scrubbing with half of a lemon.
3.) Window Cleaner
Many popular window cleaners are no different, and contain many of the same harmful contaminants as the rest of them. Surprise! Help out your allergies and wallet at the same time by creating this solution that will cost roughly 40 cents for a full bottle. It’s hard to beat a deal like that these days. For making a window cleaning solution, you will need:
- 2 Cups of Water
- 1/ 4 Cups of White Vinegar
- 1/2 Cup of Dish Soap
- Cleaning Cloth(s)
Add all of your ingredients into a spray bottle and shake them up for mixture. Only spray as much cleaner as you can wipe off in one setting,. Use the rougher side of a sponge to remove any stains or hard-headed areas on your glass, then use a squeegee to remove it. Between swipes, dry the blade of the squeegee off with a cleaning cloth to help prevent streaking. Cleaning cloths are best for doing this, but paper towels can work just as well.
4.) Oven Cleaner
Cleaners made specifically for your oven aren’t exempt from containing harsh chemicals that can pollute your indoor air, making it easier for you and your family to breathe them in. To alleviate this and make your own, you’ll need:
- 1 Teaspoon of Borax
- 1 Tablespoon of Dish Liquid
- 2 Cups of Hot Water
For this cleaner, you want to mix all of your ingredients together and spray them on the area, letting it sit for 20 minutes. If your oven is really greasy and has caked on areas, remove those before using your newly created spray.
These are only four of the cleaner and greener products you can make for yourself to ensure a better, more natural clean, while saving money and health issues from arising.
Stay tuned for part two, as we will be rolling out the remaining four.
If you have any of your own ideas or recipes for cleaning green, we would love to hear from you!